Write Wild – Help Save Fish Lake Now!

As a follow-up to yesterday’s action alert here is the info on Wilderness Committee’s letter writing page:

Please write to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency now, about your opposition to Taseko Mines Limited’s proposed “New Prosperity” open pit copper mine! This project—located in the heart of Tsilhqot’in Nation territory on the Chilcotin Plateau, west of Williams Lake, BC—threatens the important Fish Lake watershed and the thousands of fish that rely on it.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has just asked for public comments regarding their plans to hold hearings on the proposed mine. This is a perfect opportunity to voice your opposition to the project and to share concerns about how the hearings will be run.

Click here to read the complete draft public hearing procedures.

We encourage you to write to the Environmental Assessment Agency and let them know what you think about the New Prosperity Mine, and weigh in on the government’s plans for a public review of this controversial project.

The letter that I sent using their prompts and information follows:

Dear Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency Panel Members:

 I would like to voice my opposition to the proposed “New Presperity Mine” the site of which will be right next to Fish Lake in the heart of Tsilhqot’in Nation territory.  There are several point I would like to make:

•I believe that the environmental risk posed by the New Prosperity Mine is just too great to let the mine proceed.

 •The mining company should be obligated to provide clear details about the risk and consequences to the salmon fishery of a tailings dam failure brought on by an earthquake. Authorities have already questioned the lack of information about seismic concerns in Taseko’s draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). We want the company to state what the earthquake risk is in the area of the proposed mine.

 •The company should state exactly how high their tailings pond dams would be. One researcher estimates that the proposed impoundment dams could be as high as a Vancouver office tower!

 •The hearings should be conducted in the Tsilhqot’in language, as well as in English. The proposed New Prosperity mine site is right next to Fish Lake in the heart of Tsilhqot’in Nation territory.

 •The hearings should be held primarily in the Tsilhqot’in communities nearest the proposed mine site—such as Nemaiah—not primarily in Williams Lake as is being currently proposed.

Thank you for taking the time to consider my perspective on this important environmental issue.



Today’s “stone” is Day 266  letter written, opposition voiced, shared concerns




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